Do you feel tired, worn out, and just plain zapped? It could be that your batteries need recharging. I consider the adrenal glands to be two little batteries that sit on top of your kidneys. They are made up of two parts: the cortex, which is responsible for cortisone production, and the medulla, which secretes adrenaline.

The cortex helps to maintain body balance, regulates sugar and carbohydrate metabolism and produces certain sex hormones. The medulla’s job is to produce epinephrine (otherwise known as adrenaline) and norepinephrine to speed up metabolism in order to cope with stress.

When you are under stress, the adrenal glands increase your metabolism to ward off the negative effects.

Adrenal gland function is weakened by consuming too much caffeine and sugar, by vitamin deficiencies and long-term cortico-steroid use, and, of course, by too much stress! It is extremely important to keep your batteries charged.

Adrenal exhaustion is defined as malfunction of the adrenal glands, a pair of glands located on top of the kidneys that release hormones into the bloodstream.

Symptoms include great fatigue, weakness, lethargy, low blood pressure, moodiness, dry skin, poor memory, poor circulation, hypoglycemia or diabetes, poor immune system, cravings for sugar and salt, brittle nails, a feeling of being “driven” and anxiousness.

The most common causes of adrenal exhaustion are unrelenting stress, A–type personality, and long-term use of cortico-steroid drugs for asthma, arthritis, and allergies. As mentioned, too much sugar and caffeine in the diet and a deficiency of vitamins B and C also contribute to the condition. Adrenal exhaustion is common as well during the perimenopausal and menopausal stages of life. It is important to watch for warning signs of this debilitating condition. The main lifestyle change needed for improving the condition is rest, rest, and more rest!